Sandy Cadets Celebrate ATC Anniversary

On Sunday 3rd February, Air Cadets from 22 (Sandy) Squadron joined six local squadrons in a parade through St Neots, to celebrate the anniversary of the forming of the Air Training Corps in 1941.

This year the parade marked the 72nd Anniversary of the forming of the Air Training Corps, with over 200 cadets from seven Squadrons from Western Sector of Bedfordshire & Cambridgeshire, including 73 (Huntingdon), 134 (Bedford), 2065 (Biggleswade), 2462 (Oakley) & 2484 (Bassingbourn) & (Cambourne) DF.

The parade formed up on Priory Lane, outside the Priory Centre in St Neots, before marching through the town to St. Marys Church, led by the band of 2500 (St Neots) Squadron and the banners of the seven Squadrons on parade. Cadet Jakub Grabowski (15) this year carried the banner on behalf of 22 (Sandy) Squadron.

The church service was conducted by the Reverend Dr Paul Andrews, Vicar of St Neots and chaplain at 2500 St Neots Squadron. After the service, the parade concluded with a march past along the High Street, with the salute being taken by Bedfordshire & Cambridgeshire Western Sector Commander, Squadron Leader Paul Thompson-Clark RAF VR(T).

Cadet Jakub Grabowski, Squadron banner bearer said “It was a really good experience marching through the town, especially being my first time carrying the Squadron banner. It was also great that a lot of people in the town stopped to watch the parade”.

22 (Sandy) Squadron Air Cadets